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Judge orders California cleric deported

Pakistani was one of five men arrested in terror-related probe

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SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- A federal judge Monday ordered a Muslim cleric deported to Pakistan after his June arrest on immigration charges during a federal terrorism investigation.

Shabbir Ahmed, the imam of a mosque in Lodi, California, is likely to be sent back to his home country within two weeks, his lawyer Saad Ahmad said Monday.

Ahmed was arrested for overstaying his visa in June, along with a father and son from Lodi who were charged with lying to FBI agents, and another Muslim cleric and his son.

None of the five men have been charged with terrorism crimes.

During a bail hearing last week, an FBI agent testified that terrorist leaders had planned to use Ahmed as an intermediary to pass orders to Hamid Hayat, 22, who the FBI says attended an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan.

U.S. Immigration Judge Anthony Murry denied bail for Ahmed and ordered him sent back to Pakistan in a brief hearing Monday afternoon.

Ahmed, 39, told the judge he was dropping his challenge to the detention and would agree to be deported.

His predecessor at the Lodi mosque, Muhammad Adil Khan, and Khan's son, Muhammad Hassan Khan, were also arrested as part of the probe and agreed to be deported in July.

Federal immigration officials said Ahmed and the elder Khan had planned to establish a madrassa, an Islamic school similar to one in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi where both taught before coming to the United States.

"Evidence presented at last week's proceeding showed that this madrassa has been used to recruit individuals to engage in jihad," or Muslim holy war, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a statement.

Hayat and his father, Umer Hayat, 47, face charges of lying to investigators, but have not been charged under any terrorism statutes. Both men are U.S. citizens.

Ronald Le Fevre, the ICE's chief counsel in San Francisco, said Ahmed's deportation is "a victory for ICE and the citizens of this area."

Located 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of San Francisco, Lodi is home to about 60,000 people.

"Once he leaves the United States, Mr. Ahmed will no longer be in a position to advance any doctrine of hate from within our community," Le Fevre said.

CNN Producer Rob Ade contributed to this report.

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